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chris phillips -
Stephen really is impressive and The Eleven picks up considerably with great vocals, Phil included.
This Dark Star will mesmerize, great intro. from Mountain's...
The Eleven's from 2/27, 1/26 and 1/25 smoke also.
Stephen>The Eleven from 4/13 is like this one, smashing.
This is top ten for 1969 which is like top 40, best Boston show that was.
Subject: Great show!
One of my favorite shows. Not sure why the previous review talks about the Mountains of the Moon-->Jam into Dark Star as being "totally unique" since the short jam is the one they had been doing for the first four months of '69. It is the same jam as all the previous 4 months, but it still is good, just not unique in anyway.
Subject: Great Show, Great Run
Get your hands out of your pockets.
This is probably my favourite of the 3 night run at the Ark. Of the 3 Dark Stars performed on this run, this is my favourite as well. Aside from an incredibly fun Dupree's, the high point of this show for me is the Mountains Of The Moon>Jam. It's completely unique and a stunning performance.
Subject: average_joe is dead on!
i'm with yah buddy...these shows are all wonderful, and if it weren't for the somewhat degraded sound quality and tape flips this could have been my favorite of the run. As mentioned Dark Star>St. Stephen>The Eleven is just ridiculous. The Dark Star is especially fantastic, and has become what may be my favorite performance of the year. It blows the version on live/dead away, that’s for certain. The Lovelight with the Caution Jam is also very nice, if a bit sloppy.
I would also like to add that the Morning Dew, GMLSG, and Death Don't from set one all *RIP* - this is a very high energy show from start to finish - jerry and pig bouncing leads back and forth in Schoolgirl will send you positively reeling! and listen to the concluding jam in this Morning Dew and dare say that Garcia wasn't a fucking genius...
Subject: Lost in the Shuffle....
What we have here is a prime example of a fantastic show that gets over looked because of the enormity of the previous night and the following night.
Truth be told, this run of 3 shows at the Ark are all phenomenal. Each one can stand on it own merits. And each one deserves ample attention.
There are lots of high points to this show. But the real meat and potatoes is the Mountains Of The Moon > Dark Star > Saint Stephen > The Eleven portion of the gig. Excellent Dark Star. At the 17 minute mark I forgot when/where/who I was. Mind blowingly good stuff.
4/21, 4/22, and 4/23 are all essential/required listening. I have a hard time comprehending the fact that these shows have not been officially released.
Peace. Dig it.